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Xxii. 66 So they went and made the fepulchre

. fure, sealing the stone, and setting the watch."
Here we find Pilate engaged in a second conver-
fation relative to the body of Jesus, in which the
wonders exhibited at his death are again un-no-
úced : they boldly call him a deceiver, and ex-
press their fears that the fraud will be carried on
by his disciples. Neither Mark, Luke, or John,
give us any information upon this subject. . We
will now proceed to a very interesting matter,
The Resurrection. And here the evangelists differ

fo exceedingly, that I fear they are irreconcilexxviii. į able : Matthew says In the end of the Sab

• bath as it began to dawn towards the firit day

of the week, came Mary Magdalene, and the • other Mary to see the sepulchre. And behold " there was a great earthquake. (Here is ano'ther earthquake of Matthew's, un-noticed by . the other three) for the angel of the Lord

defended from Heaven, and came and rolled

back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3 • His countenancę was like lightning, and his

raiment white as snow. (Matthew is fingular in 4 ' the following addition) And for fear of him

the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.' Mark says--' And when the fabbath was paft, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mo

ther of James and Salome, had brought sweet ! fpices, that they might come and anoint him. ! And very early in the morning, the first day of

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the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre ? (And when they

had looked they saw the stone was rolled away) ' for it was very great. And entering into the sea pulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the

right side, clothed in a long white garment ' and they were affrighted.' (Mary Magdaline affrighted by a handsome young man) Comparing these two records, we find-Matthew's angel fitting upon the stone without the sepulchre : but Luke's fitting on the right side within the sepulchre. They however agree with respect to the two women, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James : but when we examine Luke, we shall find to these are added Joanna, and other women: that there were two angels, and those standing within the sepulcbre, viz.- Now upon the first

day of the week, very early in the morning, they (the women) came unto the sepulchre,

bringing the spices which they had prepared, ? and certain others with them. And they found the ! stone rolled away from the sepulchre; and they

entered in and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold two men stood by

them in shining garments, and as they were • afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, &c. In vain do we ap


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ply to St. John for a reconciliation, or explanation of these differences ; his account increases them, and being a witness of what he relates ; perplexes still more. He says the first day of

the week cometh Mary Magdalene early when ' it was yet dark unto the fepulchre, and

seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre ; then she runeth and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved,

(John himself) And faith unto them, They " have taken away the Lord out of the fepulchre, , ' and we know not where they have laid him. ? Peter therefore went forth and that other disci.

ple, and came to (toward, it should have been as the race was not began) the sepulchre, so

they ran both together, and the other disciple ? did out-run Peter, and came first to the sepuls

chre, and he stooping down and looking in, faw the linen cloths laying, yet went he not in. then cometh Simon Peter following him, and

went into the fepulchre, and feeth the linen ' clothes lie, and the napkin that was about his

head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple which came first to the fepulchre and he law and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rife again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. But Mary stood without at the sepụlchre weeping. And


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The stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, and seeth two angels in white, ' fitting, the one at the head, and the other at the

feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.' Here we find, the two Marys of Matthew and Mark; the two Marys, Joanna, and other women of Luke; reduced to Mary Magdalene only. But in lieu of them we have Peter and John,who satisfy themfelves that the body of Jesus was not in the sepulchre. What their sentiments upon this occurrence were, is not clear: if they were of opinion he was risen from the dead ; they surely would have consoled Mary Magdalene, and have taken her with them : but we are told, they left her at the tomb weeping. The words-He saw and believed, may mean ; that when he faw the body was not there, he believed the report of Mary

they have taken away the Lord out of the fe

pulchre, and we know not where they have laid • him.' The Phrase-For as yet they knew not

the Scripture,'&c.rather implies--at this timethey knew not the Scripture, &c.-than--until, of before this time, they knew not the Scripture, &c. Peter and John, it seems, departed without seeing any angel or angels; these reserved themselves for the women only. We accordingly find, when the men were gone, Mary Magdalene faw two within the sepulchre, but unfortunately for Luke these were fitting. It is very observable, and to me it appears disingenuous, that John when speaking of himself, four times in this fingle story, says


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Chapter Verle other disciple. In this manner likewise he

speaks of himself, when he took the mother of Jesus : and in the fix last verses of his gospel. Not being able to reconcile these differences, or to account for them satisfactorily; I must leave

them as they are, and proceed with MatthewXxviii.

5 " And the angel (sitting upon the stone) answered

and said unto the women, fear not ye, for I • know that ye seek Jesus which was crucified;

( he is not here for he is risen as he said : come 7' and see the place where the Lord lay. And

quickly and tell his disciples that he is risen < from the dead, and behold he goeth before you • into Galilee; there shall ye see him. Lo I have

told you. And they departed quickly from

the sepulchre, with fear and great joy ; and 9 • did run to bring his disciples word. And as

they went to tell his disciples, behold Jesus met them, saying, All hail; and they came and

held him by the feet and worshiped him. Then ' faid Jesus unto them, be not afraid : go tell my

brethren, that they go into Galilee, and there

shall they see me. I have already shewn by John's record, that Mary ; the Mary's ; or the women gave no such account to the disciples : nothing is said of the instructions given to them by the angel, or by Jesus : nothing is said even of their having seen either. On the contrary they say — They have taken away the Lord out * of the sepulchre; and we know not where they



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